The magnificent and important Widener French patinated bronze figural fountain depicting Tritons and Nereids
The central fountainhead in the form of a hippo, its fearsome mouth wide, as if disturbed while grazing, within a circle of reeds and water grasses, the heavily muscled Tritons encircled with lotus and waterlily vines in defensive postures moving towards the beast, the first, his gaze intent under heavy brows, his scaled bifurcated tail writhen and contorted as his torso twists to add weight to the thrust of the trident raised overhead, the other, with acquiline profile under a crown of water lilies, leaning back to propel the harpoon held aloft at the menacing water beast, the Nereids, both with plaited hair entwined with water grasses, and with startled expressions as if an idyllic bright moment suddenly clouded, one twisting away on her back, her arm lifted as to deflect a lunge from the beast, the other turned with both arms extended to commence a powerful forward stroke. Together with some installation hardware; including three stands for the figures, a support for the hippo, two supports for the reeded ring and a ring with fittings for water nozzles.
height of the hippo 24in (61cm); width 21in (54cm); diameter of reeded ring approximately 4ft 2in (1.27m); height of mustached Triton 45in (1.14m); length 6ft 6in (1.98m); greatest width 4ft 6in (1.37m); height of second Triton 4ft 1in (1.25m); length 5ft 6in (1.68m); greatest width 46in (1.17m) height of first Nereid 32in (81cm); length 5ft 11in (1.80m); greatest width 4ft 5in (1.35m); height of second Nereid 30in (76cm); length 6ft 3in (1.90m); greatest width 5ft (1.52m); height of stands 26½ to 29in (67cm to 72cm)
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